Am I Responsible for the Colorado Shooting?
I was shocked and saddened Saturday night to hear the news out of Colorado Springs that a gunman had attacked a gay nightclub, killing five and wounding 25 others.
I became more shocked and saddened, however, when I learned from the Democrat Party and the media — MSDNCNN -- that I, as someone who intends to vote for Donald Trump a third time, was responsible for the shooting.
I find that as a Trump voter I am responsible for all sorts of calamities and tragedies.
I was informed by Amy Klobuchar, for example, that I helped create Hurricane Ian. As a MAGA voter I also did my part in causing that whatever it was between Paul Pelosi and a hammer wielding, BLM-supporting, San Francisco nudist.
Still, as used as I am to taking the blame for so much — for everything negative in the world, in fact — being blamed for the Colorado Springs attack feels a bit much. I am actually opposed to shooting innocent people, believe it or not, and I have never been to Colorado, nor have been in recent communication with anyone in Colorado.
At least I am not alone. Lauren Boebert joins me. She is a congresswoman representing Colorado’s third district who has a history of questioning the LGBTQIABCDEFG+ agenda and promoting controversial beliefs, such as when she tweeted “Take your children to CHURCH, not drag shows.”
One popular tweet shouted “Colorado’s most high-profile politician is a gun-toting MAGA extremist who calls drag shows depravity.” There is a direct line between MAGA and the Colorado Springs shooting.”
AOC also accused Borbert “elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies.”
Blaming her seems almost reasonable by comparison. But how does one stretch the circle of blame wide enough to include the governor of Florida?
Somehow GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis managed to do just that, saying “I think that DeSantis, Boebert, they have blood on their hands on this. They have to stop spreading lies. These are lies that they’re spreading and they’re causing pain and death and murder against our community.”
Libs of TikTok was called “A terrorist who wants violence against LGBTQ people” in a tweet that gave the group founder’s real name while adding she “needs to be stopped.”
Conservative talk show host Matt Walsh has not been blamed for the shooting, despite his criticism of the trans movement, but the Daily Kos did claim that following the shooting his one regret was that “more people weren't killed.”
According to a MSNBC “analyst,” if the shooter is “a consumer of the people we just rattled off — from Lauren Boebert to Tucker Carlson — let's get it out. Let's get it out at trial, let's expose it for what it is, name it, and shame it. He's a consumer of these people and those people should face civil consequences from the victims.”
However, there is no evidence that the shooter is a Boebert voter, a Tucker watcher, MAGA, a conservative, QANON, a Proud Boy, or even a Republican. As is the case with Paul Pelosi’s “friend,” no actual evidence exists to support MSDNCNN’s claim of ties to the right.
In fact, according to what we've heard from the police and his neighbors, the shooter just seems to be very troubled:
A year and a half before Anderson Lee Aldrich was arrested as a suspect in a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub shooting that left five people dead, he allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering.
Despite the unsubstantiated claim that Lee was “radicalized” by his grandfather who is wearing a MAKE COLORADO GREAT AGAIN cap in a viral photograph, Lee’s father, a meth addicted porn actor, whose criminal history is said to be the reason why Aldrich changed his name as a teen.
I can't say that the father had any role in the shooting, but I do think that having such a father is seen as less significant into making a teen a mass shooter by many observers than having a conservative grandfather is telling.
Furthermore, Anderson Lee Aldrich is unlikely to have been inspired by anti-LGTBQIABCDEFG+ hate speech, as he is part of that community himself. Axios reports that the shooter “is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.”
Never let a crisis go to waste. The left’s attempt to lay this shooting at the feet of “right wingers” is not stupidity or bigotry. It is a bullying and manipulation tactic designed to silence those of us who speak out against a healthy teenaged girl getting a double mastectomy and puberty blockers without the consent of her parents because she’s gender-confused.
Meanwhile, the left never shows responsibility for the hate and the violence that they provoke. They call cops “pigs,” accuse them of hunting Black men, and call for their defunding in the name of social justice, yet when a police officer is ambushed and shot, the left wants no part of the responsibility.
They face no consequences for their provocations, even after leftist rioters burn down neighborhoods, show up at the home of a Supreme Court justice with a gun and zip ties, riddle the home of a Republican congressional candidate with bullets, or shoot congressmen on a softball field because they are Republican.
On second thought, I think I will reject any personal responsibility for the Colorado shooting, as well as every other shooting, despite MSDNCNN’s finger-pointing. I will not be shamed into supporting their agenda.